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4:45 PM ET, July 16, 2020

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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Trump admin orders hospitals to bypass CDC and send COVID-19 info to a database not open to the public, raising questions about reporter and researcher access  —  Hospitals have been ordered to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send all patient information …
CNBC:
Netflix names Ted Sarandos co-CEO, appoints Chief Product Officer Greg Peters as COO  —  Netflix is promoting its chief content officer Ted Sarandos to co-CEO, the company announced Thursday.  The 20-year Netflix veteran will join current chief executive Reed Hastings in the role.
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
McClatchy's average daily operating revenue fell 28% from February to the end of May, showing the challenges that newspapers are facing during the pandemic  —  When McClatchy declared bankruptcy in February, its debts were crushing, but its operating numbers weren't so bad.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR's Q2 radio audience fell ~25% YoY; podcast downloads and app use rose ~25% YoY; NPR on track to make more from underwriting on podcasts than on radio shows  —  Broadcast ratings for nearly all of NPR's radio shows took a steep dive in major markets this spring, as the coronavirus pandemic kept …
Maxwell Strachan / VICE:
The LA Times has placed sports columnist Arash Markazi on paid leave after employees complained of plagiarism, misrepresentation, and misuse of social media  —  The investigation began after members of the newspaper's sports department sent a letter to management demanding action.  —  MS
Discussion: @vicenews and @kevinmdraper
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Memo: Vox Media is laying off 6% of its workforce, or around 70 people, mostly affecting Curbed, SB Nation, IT and office operations, and events staff  —  Vox Media, whose brands include New York Magazine, Vulture, The Verge and SB Nation, is cutting 6% of its workforce, laying off about 70 employees.
Pew Research Center:
Pew: employment at digital-native outlets rose to 16,000 newsroom staff in 2019, but was still far lower than 34,950 at newspapers or 30,120 at broadcast TV  —  Digital-native news outlets - those “born on the web” - have seen a wave of cuts since the outbreak of the coronavirus as financial troubles continue to roil the news media.
Veronica Penney / New York Times:
Facebook classifies climate change news as opinion, meaning peer-reviewed science, industry statements, and disinformation aren't fact-checked  —  Critics say a company policy that exempts opinion articles from fact-checking amounts to a huge loophole for climate change deniers.
Lara O'Reilly / Digiday:
Six months after launch, news aggregator Knewz has been downloaded 28K times, per Sensor Tower; Google Analytics indicates 4.9M+ monthly unique visitors in June  —  It's been a little under six months since News Corp announced the launch of its news aggregator website and app Knewz (pronounced “news”.)
Discussion: @digiday
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
NewsWhip: among the top 100 articles on Facebook in Q2, coverage of BLM protests and COVID-19 appeared most frequently; NBC and BBC were the top publishers  —  Coverage of Black Lives Matter protests and the coronavirus pandemic pushed engagement on Facebook to an all-time high this quarter.
Discussion: @paulyq
Kelly McBride / NPR:
NPR's Morning Edition should not have allowed AG Barr to make false statements in a segment on mail-in voting without adding context and fact-checking  —  NPR's four-member “election security team” is responsible for covering all things about American voting, from access, to fraud to innovations and investments in the process.
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
The Atlantic estimates events will make up 5-10% of revenue this year vs. 20% they comprised previously, aims to attract 1M attendees to its Atlantic Festival  —  The Atlantic's annual September festival is the brand's largest event of the year, accounting for approximately a third …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Belarus police detain at least 17 journalists covering protests in support of opposition candidates  —  Belarusian authorities should stop harassing, detaining, and charging members of the press covering protests in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
Ad Age:
Dan Peres, former Details editor-in-chief, named editor-in-chief of Ad Age  —  Former Details editor-in-chief will oversee print, digital, social, video, podcasts and events  —  Dan Peres has been named editor-in-chief at Ad Age overseeing editorial across all the publication's expressions …
 
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Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
TikTok launches a Be Informed campaign featuring videos by popular makers, aimed at educating users on how to recognize misinformation
New York Times:
NYPD proposes changes that would let it suspend reporters' credentials if they're seen as not complying with orders or if they “interfere” with police work
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook confirms it will launch Instagram Reels, its answer to TikTok, in the US, UK, Japan, Mexico, and ~50 other countries in the coming weeks
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
The Casper Star-Tribune will stop Monday and Tuesday print editions, leaving Wyoming as perhaps the first state without a local paper printed on Monday mornings
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Eliana Miller / Poynter:
Some online outlets fail to clearly and uniformly label opinion, leading to reader confusion and complaints over opinions and political agendas in reporting
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Twitter says most verified accounts should be able to tweet again, after limiting the functionality on some verified accounts earlier while investigating hack
Apple:
Apple updates News to include audio stories on Apple News+, a daily audio news briefing, and curated local news collections in five US cities and regions
Substack Blog:
Substack begins offering legal support to US-based writers with paid subscriptions who publish work that may attract unreasonable legal pressure
Jordan Moreau / Variety:
ViacomCBS fires actor and TV host Nick Cannon, after he made anti-Semitic comments on his podcast
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Guardian to cut workforce by 12%, with 70 jobs to go in editorial and 110 in commercial roles, as revenues are expected to be down by £25M+ on the year's budget
Laura Wagner / VICE:
New York Times Opinion writer Bari Weiss says she's leaving the paper